Explore the backwaters of the Rookery Bay Reserve. Paddle into the Rookery Bay to see hundreds of birds and enjoy the sunset before paddling back under the glow of twilight!
Heart of the Rookery Bay Kayak Tour
Capacity: 1 – 2 Paddlers
Duration: 2 – 2.5 Hours
Launch Times:9:00AM & 12:30PM Daily (availability may vary, see calendar for details)
Launch Site: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
*Children under 12 will ride in a tandem kayak with an adult, ages 3+ only
- Single Kayak Adults only
- Tandem Kayak 2 People
- Children Ages under 12
Join your biologist guide for a 2-hour tour exploring the mangroves!!
Depart on an adventure into some of the most quiet and tranquil parts of the Rookery Bay Reserve with one of our Biologist Guides! Here you will take a leisurely paddle through the remote mangrove bays, islands, and creeks that make the estuary one of Southwest Florida’s most valuable treasures.
Look deeper into the different components of this unique ecosystem as you learn about how its oyster reefs and mangrove islands help to shape the area’s ecology. Navigate these unique living habitats while practicing basic paddling skills as you cruise among the local wildlife. The area is commonly visited by dolphin, osprey, wading birds, bald eagle, rays, interesting invertebrates, and even Manatee! Get out on the water with Southwest Florida’s only biologist guides and immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of the Rookery Bay Reserve! FREE HD PHOTOGRAPHY INCLUDED IN EVERY TOUR!
– Bug Spray
– Hat & Other Sun Protection
– Water shoes or closed toed shoes (suggested)
– CASH FOR GRATUITY
Heading out into a remote part of the Rookery Bay Reserve, we will be surrounded by some of the most pristine mangrove ecosystems in the world. Soak in the silence and immerse yourself in the tranquil slow pace of the estuary as we look closer at its ecology and wildlife. Keep your eyes out for Dolphin, Mangroves, Tree Crabs, Wading Birds, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Swallowtail Kites, Manatee in the summer months, and much more!! Get ready for some exploration! Feel free to call, email, or text with any questions, changes, or special requests.
- Please arrive 30 minutes before scheduled launch time so we can get fitted with PFDs and kayaks before we launch. Tours depart from the kayak launch AT THE END of Shell Island Road, NOT the Environmental Learning Center. Our trip will depart rain or shine as long as conditions are safe, and our biologist guides will evaluate the conditions before departure to ensure a safe and comfortable trip. Looking forward to meeting you and having a great adventure!!
- Our guides work extremely hard to give our fellow explorers the best experience possible. Not required but always appreciated, we recommend gratuity based on the quality of service you received*